SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS ARE FREE MONEY THAT DO NOT NEED TO BE REPAID.
WARNING: YOU SHOULD NEVER PAY FOR SOMEONE TO HELP YOU GET SCHOLARSHIPS.
Scholarships usually require applications & some form of essay/personal statement. Some scholarships are based on merit/achievements and some are based on financial need. There are many search engines/websites that help you find scholarships (Fast Web, Cappex, Scholarships.com, etc.) Your WHS CCC lists many scholarship on your Naviance account (Naviance/Colleges/Scholarship&Money). Your User Name is your email address and your password should be your student ID number. There are some opportunities for Gr. 9-11 also!
It is not too early for seniors to be thinking of scholarship opportunities to help pay for college. Many of the large Foundation scholarships occur from October-December (Coca-Cola, Elks, Ventura County Community Foundation, etc.). Local scholarships generally occur in the spring from January-May (WHS Scholarship Foundation, Rotary, Westlake Women’s Club, etc.).
As you complete your applications for admission, make sure that you research & apply for university-specific scholarships for which you may be eligible (BEFORE you are accepted!).
For Class of 2019:
· Make sure you check Naviance/Colleges/Scholarships and Money for listings & detailed information for each scholarship. Naviance also has a link to Sallie Mae for national scholarships. Naviance has a NEW tool for students to keep track of the scholarships to which they apply. Check it out & see Mrs. Mertel in the CCC with questions.
· The national foundation scholarships generally open in the September-December timeframe. Local scholarships (WHS Scholarship Foundation, Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.) are open after the winter break.
· Make sure you check for institutional scholarships at the schools to which you are applying. You don’t have to be accepted to apply for many schools!
Highlighting scholarships (just a sampling….Check Naviance for more!)
- ART TREK SCHOLARSHIPS: Up to $5,000; For details on submissions, check www.arttrek.org/scholarships/
1. The Allison Renée Young Arts Scholarship is awarded to a Conejo
Valley Unified School District high school senior who has special
needs/disabilities and plans to attend a college or postsecondary
education program and meets the criteria of the scholarship.
2. The Art Trek First Generation Higher Education Arts Scholarship
is awarded to a Conejo Valley Unified School District high school
senior who is first in his/her family to attend a college or
postsecondary program and meets the criteria of the scholarship.
These awards are determined on the basis of need and potential for future
success. Therefore, submission requires an art portfolio/video, essay, two
(2) letters of recommendation and a copy of your high school transcript. All
students who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply.
Ø Omega Psi Phi (deadline 4/15/2019): For African American students with 2.5 GPA min., financial need, & community involvement. Check Naviance for application
Ø Westlake Women’s Club (deadline 4/19/2019): Offering 2 scholarships $2500-3000 based on financial need & academic achievement. See Naviance for application.
Ø Channel Islands Chapter, The Links (deadline 4/20/2019): For college-bound students of color. See Naviance for application.
Ø Thousand Oaks Womans Club (Deadline 4/23/2019): For senior students attending Moorpark, Oxnard, or Ventura College. See CCC/Naviance for application.
Ø Lang Ranch Alumni (deadline 5/1/2019): Must be former Lang Ranch student & member of high school PTSA. See Naviance for application
Ø River Ridge Golf Club (deadline 5/4/2019): for seniors playing on high school Golf team. Download application on Naviance
Ø Westlake Village Community Foundation (Deadline 5/6/2019) – Up to $2500 for seniors involved in music, art, or performing arts or have contributed to the community through volunteer work or community service. For details & application, go to www.wlv.org
Ø Conejo Valley Pupil Personnel Association (CVPPA) (deadline 5/10/2019): For students intending to major in psychology or counseling
Ø Ojai Studio Artists (deadline 5/10/2019): For students pursuing a career in visual arts, such as painting, graphic arts, photography, ceramics, metal, fiber, art education, etc. Check https://www.ojaistudioartists.org/scholarship-application/
Ø Olivas Links Scholarship (deadline 5/31/2019): Must be actively involved in high school golf program with 3.0 GPA min. See Naviance for application.
Ø AJ Wang Foundation (deadline 6/1/2019): For students attending one of 18 community colleges in the area including Moorpark, Oxnard, Ventura, & Pierce Colleges.
Ø Gift of Life Scholarship (Deadline 6/30/2019): For students who have been dignosed with any acquired heart disease or congenital heart defect, https://www.giftoflifela.org/what-we-do/scholarships/
New phone app available too!Through a new program called raise.me, your student can automatically earn micro-scholarships from member colleges each time he or she achieves any of the following goals in school:
- Get an A in a course ($100 - $1,000)
- Get a B in a course ($50 - $600)
- Participate in a school club or sport ($25 - $250)
- And much more
Students: Create an account with Raise.Me at the following Westlake HS link:
Parents: Congratulate your student for regularly adding good grades, community service, extracurricular activities, and other achievements to his or her raise.me “Portfolio” in order to earn “Micro-Scholarships” from colleges. Your student is eligible to receive scholarship money for each achievement from the start of 9th grade until midway through 12th grade. Visit www.raise.me/parents for more information.
How it works: If a student applies to a member college & is accepted, their letter of acceptance will include their micro-scholarship (as part of their merit award). Colleges may have school-specific requirements for use of the micro-scholarships: Some colleges allow their use for specific-majors only, etc. Students should check with the colleges when they apply, in order to verify the collegel-specific criteria.
If you have questions, you can contact Mrs. Mertel in the CCC or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Increasing numbers of public and private colleges continue to join the raise.me program.
Tips on Scholarship Aid Searches (excerpt from University of California Counselor Bulletin)
The winter break is a great time for students to search and apply for “outside scholarships".
There are many FREE resources available to students. As students search for outside scholarships, be advised that students should never pay for scholarship information.
Listed below are 9 reputable scholarship sources:
1. Current information at the high school or community college
2. The financial aid office at each UC campus
4. The public or school library’s reference section
5. Foundations, religious or community organizations, local businesses, or civic groups
6. Organizations (including professional associations) related to their field of interest
7. Ethnicity-based organizations
8. The student’s or their parents’ employer
Scholarships vary in size, applications requirements, and deadlines. Students should apply broadly and continue the process of searching and applying for scholarships throughout their academic career.